: A Memoir
||"We live in the age of mass loquacity," Martin Amis writes
by way of introduction to Experience, thereby placing
the reader in a curious bind. How to feel about a memoir by
a writer who deplores our current enthusiasm for memoirs? Can
such a public appeal for private life be convincing? The son
: A Suicide Note
||Absolutely one of the funniest, smartest, meanest books I
know. John Self, the Rabelaisian narrator of the novel, is an
advertising man and director of TV commercials who lurches through
London and Manhattan, eating, drinking, drugging and smoking
too much, buying too much sex, and caring for little... Read
Fields (Vintage International)
||London Fields is Amis's murder story for the end of
the millennium. The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of
sex and self-loathing intent on orchestrating her own extinction.
The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only
passions are pornography and darts. Or is the killer the...
Arrow : Or the Nature of the Offense
||Amis attempts here to write a path into and through the inverted
morality of the Nazis: how can a writer tell about something
that's fundamentally unspeakable? Amis' solution is a deft literary
conceit of narrative inversion. He puts two separate consciousnesses
into the person of one man, ex-Nazi... Read
THE NEW YORK TIMES - May 23, 2000
For Writers, Father and Son, Out of Conflict Grew Love
With novels like ''London Fields,'' ''Money'' and ''The Information,''
Martin Amis has demonstrated that he is a writer equipped with a
daunting arsenal of literary gifts: a dazzling, chameleonesque command
of language, a willingness to tackle large issues and larger social
canvases and an unforgiving, heat-seeking eye for the unwholesome
ferment of contemporary life. The one thing lacking in his work,
readers might have argued, was an emotional sincerity; too often
his writing substituted sardonic detachment for heartfelt feeling,
chilly postmodern pyrotechnics for a concern with what one of Mr.
Amis's heroes, Saul Bellow, has called ''the mysterious circumstances
from THE NEW YORK TIMES - May 28, 2000
His Father's Son
Martin Amis, son of Kingsley and likewise a novelist with
acid in his inkwell, was greatly abused by the British press in
the mid-1990's, when he left his wife, his agent and his country
for another woman, a megabucks book deal and oral surgery so extravagant
as to amount to urban renewal. Why Martin's mouth should have been
of such consuming interest to anyone outside the broken family circle
is a mystery. Nor is it any more exciting to read about in his memoir
than it was in the tabs. Yet there is almost as much here about
his teeth as there is about his father. This is unfortunate. ''Experience''
is a portmanteau of personal history, ancestor worship and promiscuous
opinionizing, and a pinata of literary gossip that Amis beats
with a stick, causing many names to drop. (Good names, too: Philip
Larkin, Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens, Tina Brown and John Travolta.
Did you know that Salman Rushdie went to a baseball game with Don
DeLillo? That Ian McEwan used to have lunch with Thomas Pynchon?)
And if we stay put till the last 100 pages, it will break our heart.
But meanwhile we go far too often to the dentist... [more]
from THE NEW YORK TIMES - January 27, 1998
Detective Mike Hoolihan? She's Tough
Martin Amis's career is beginning to take the shape of Graham Greene's:
bigger, ambitious novels interspersed with slighter ''entertainments,''
novels that extrapolate the author's distinctive social and moral
vision interspersed with works that are more clearly exercises in
craft. Between sprawling, minutely detailed epics of modern life
like ''Money'' (1985), ''London Fields'' (1990) and ''The Information''
(1995), Mr. Amis has given us ''Einstein's Monsters'' (1987),
a rather flimsy collection of stories linked by the theme of nuclear
war; ''Time's Arrow'' (1991), a contrived tale of a Nazi-turned-fugitive
told in reverse chronology, and now ''Night Train,'' a noirish mystery
narrated by a hard-boiled cop... [more]
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